Traficant: 50-50 chance he’ll run again for Congress

Traficant's Comeback (From Fox News)

Traficant's First Interview (From Fox News)


The ex-congressman says, ‘I’m going to say what I think is right.’

YOUNGSTOWN — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that his chances of running for Congress again are “50-50.”

“I have a lot of people who are encouraging me to run because there are a lot of disenfranchised people here,” Traficant said in an interview recorded Wednesday that aired on tonight’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Fox News.

Traficant said that his old district is “fractured” and that he needed to find out if he was viable candidate who could gain the support needed to return to Washington, D.C.

The ex-representative was expelled from Congress and served more than seven years in federal prison for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Tonight’s broadcast was Traficant’s first interview since being released from federal prison Sept. 2.

Traficant said he “forfeited my future” by being critical of the federal government, but that he has no regrets, despite spending seven years in federal prison.

“I didn’t give a damn what they did to me,” Traficant said.

For the complete story, see Friday’s Vindicator and

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